He's 41-years-old and has been retired for nearly a year. But Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez won't admit that he can't still play the game.
"It's still there," Rodriguez said Monday before a PwC-SMU luncheon at the Hilton Anatole Hotel. "To be honest with you, it's still there."
Rodriguez said he trains as if he is still playing and it doesn't hurt that his new job allows him to continue to get on the field. He was hired by the Texas Rangers in February as a special assistant to the general manager.
With his official playing days behind him, Rodriguez is four years away from being eligible for the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
"I think about that," Rodriguez said. "I think that's every baseball player's goal, to retire and sit down and say, I had a great career.' I think I had a great career. Let's see what happens in the next four years. I think it will be great to have my name on that wall with all ...